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Tourism and Typography

[Images my own. Please ask before reproducing].

I’ve just returned from a week away in Norfolk with my parents and realised that a fair proportion of my photographs featured typography. It’s not really about the shape of the letters as such – there weren’t exactly many font varieties on show – but the words and the messages that struck me. I liked seeing peeling paint and faded lettering, and the instances of miss-spelt or ungrammatical writing made me laugh. I already knew I loved textual art (I wrote my undergraduate dissertation on the subject) but this has encouraged me to look at the world around me for fresh new word arrangements and dodgy signs. Realising I’ve now got a fledgling collection, I’ll now be consciously looking for new examples to add.

If you just like typography in itself, I can also recommend the website www.dafont.com. Here you can search for and download a vast range of different fonts, many of which have been designed for public use and some of which are clearly more personal (there’s a few Evangelical font names that might raise a few eyebrows). It’s a very intriguing website and it’s definitely worth exploring if you have an interest in the visual representation of words.

For textual art I’d highly recommend Jenny Holzer’s Truisms series, the work of Fiona Banner, and any number of pieces by Tracey Emin.


About Polly

I'm a journalist, based near Brighton. This blog, which is separate from my professional life, will document my reaction to current affairs, as well as some personal projects.


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